Late Thursday evening, former Memphis defensive end Joseph Dorceus announced via Twitter that he would be transferring to Tulane and the news couldn’t have come at a better time for the Green Wave. After losing defensive stars Patrick Johnson and Cameron Sample to the NFL just a few weeks ago, Tulane is looking to fill some big shoes on that side of the ball. Pair this with the fact that nose tackle Jeffery Johnson withdrew his name from the transfer portal and this is some big time news for the Wave.
Dorceus, who was a walk-on at Memphis back in 2017, comes to New Orleans with an impressive career under his belt. While with the Tigers he notched 141 tackles and had 15 sacks. He appeared in 50 total games (starting 22) and, despite earning a scholarship for his defensive play, also showed off his versatility by making an impact on offense in short yardage and goal line packages as well.
In last year’s Montgomery Bowl he caught a two-yard TD pass and had a nice 25-yard gain on a fake punt against Arkansas State in the season opener. But you may best know him for his brief bout of internet fame when he famously kept pace with and threw a huge block for Darrell Henderson on a touchdown run against Houston back in 2018 (see below).
The 6-foot, 277-pound Dorceus was named as an honorable mention on the 2019 All AAC team and has started in each of the last two seasons. His 35 tackles for a loss rank eighth all time in Memphis school history. Being part of the Tigers team that won the conference in 2019, he looks to bring the same level of success to AAC-rival Tulane.
The Wave is scheduled to play the Memphis for the regular season finale on November 27 in the Liberty Bowl.